5 Affordable Study Abroad Destinations

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Affordable Study Abroad Destinations

When you’re looking for that perfect study abroad destination, there is one factor that is often pivotal to whether or not you can study there; the cost. Not just the cost of tuition fees, but also how much things like rent and transport will cost you. In this article we take a look at the five most affordable study abroad destinations.

1. Italy

Study in Italy

Home to the oldest university in the world, Italy offers international students a world class education at an affordable rate. Dating back to 1088, the University of Bologna set the standard for the modern day university, and continues to influence higher education today. Last month, Anna spoke about the Bologna Process, a set of agreements designed to ensure common standards of higher education qualifications. The process was named after the university and city it was created in, proving that Italy still plays a pivotal role in international education.

Studying in Italy then is a wise choice, but not just for the historical educational prowess of the nation. With several institutions amongst the top 200 in the world, and tuition fees and the cost of living amongst the lowest of the top study abroad destinations, Italy is an excellent place to further your studies abroad.

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2. Spain



Many people choose to study abroad to develop their English skills. In Spain, you can do that, but you can also learn and hone your Spanish at the same time, one of the few languages that are spoken worldwide (with the exception of English of course). It’s not just your language skills that you’ll develop though; with over seventy universities to choose between, you’re sure to find an institution and course that is perfect for you.

Spain’s cost of living is also affordable, with tuition fees not much greater than Italy’s. Of course, you don’t necessarily choose to study in a particular destination because it is cheaper than others, but Spain offers more than just affordability, with vibrant cultures, an enviable climate, and friendly nature, it’s a study abroad destination that you’ll be sad to leave, and eager to return to.

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3. Germany

One of the top study abroad destinations in Europe, Germany makes an unexpected appearance in our list of most affordable study abroad destinations. Whilst the cost of living is comparably higher than other European destinations, the tuition fees you could expect to pay on an undergraduate degree, factoring in the high standards available, make the country a great choice for anybody looking for quality education at a price that won’t break the bank.

It’s a nation that has produced more Nobel prize winners than we can mention here and boasts over ten institutions in the top 200 QS world university rankings. With over 350 universities and institutions offering over 800 courses to choose between, you’re sure to find something that takes your fancy. Be sure to use our search tool to quickly find the ones that are right for you though, as going through each one could take a while!

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4. Denmark


With a population of only 5.5 million, it would be easy to dismiss Denmark as a viable study abroad destination, but it’s a nation that punches well above it’s weight in education, ranking as one of the world’s most innovative countries. Largely due to a strong emphasis on research and high-quality education, Denmark’s innovative nature makes it an exceptional place to study abroad. It’s also the perfect destination to let yourself grow as a person, with beautiful landscapes to explore and friendly locals to get to know, Denmark could easily be defined as the ideal location for many. Coupled with reasonable fees and a relatively low cost of living, this northern European destination is a wise choice for studying abroad.

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5. New Zealand

New Zealand


Often cited as one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world, New Zealand has a lot to offer international students. It’s stunning vistas and outdoor lifestyle approach means there is always something to keep you occupied. Besides this though, New Zealand also plays host to some excellent universities, with the University of Auckland and the University of Otago both featuring in the QS Top 200 World Universities.

Academics and universities in New Zealand seem to embrace the relative isolation from the rest of the world, renowned for their independent thinking. New Zealand also offers excellent value for money, with cheaper living costs than nearby Australia and reasonable tuition fees, it’s no wonder New Zealand is becoming an increasingly popular destination for international students.

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Is your chosen destination on the list? Will this make you change your mind on where you want to study abroad? Are the costs of studying abroad something that concerns you? Let us know in the comments below or get in touch on Facebook.

Note: Other destinations may be lower priced than these five, but we’ve chosen these destinations as they offer great value for money and also provide excellent learning environments. They all have institutions that feature highly in world university rankings tables, and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them as great places to study abroad.

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